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Poverty The Strongest Factor In Whether High School Graduates Go To College

Students from high-poverty public schools are less likely to attend college than those from wealthier ones, regardless of whether they're from urban, suburban or rural areas.<p>A report released Tuesday by the research branch of the nonprofit National Student Clearinghouse, which examined data from …

California students in high-poverty schools lose learning time, study says

California high schools with high-poverty students lose nearly two weeks of learning time annually because of teacher absences, testing, emergency lockdowns and other disruptions compared with their more affluent peers in other schools, according to a new<p>UCLA study.<p>Although public schools generally …

Education

The Economic Benefits of Closing Educational Achievement Gaps

Endnotes and citations are available in the PDF and Scribd versions.<p>Our nation is currently experiencing growing levels of income and wealth …

Truancy rates are higher among California's low-income students, report says

Across California, truancy rates for students from low-income backgrounds were disproportionately higher than for their more affluent peers during the 2013-14 school year, according to a report released Thursday.<p>Data from the California Department of Education indicates more than 744,000, or about …

Democrats

Study: Music Education Could Help Close The Achievement Gap Between Poor And Affluent Students

Closing the achievement gap between low-income and affluent students could be as simple as <i>do-re-mi</i>.<p>In a study out Tuesday from Northwestern University, researchers looked at the impact of music education on at-risk children’s nervous systems and found that music lessons could help them develop …

Music May Help Close Achievement Gap: Study

A new study suggests music could help under-served children excel in school.<p>Researchers at Northwestern University said turning under-served kids …

Northwestern University

Could Empowering Low-Income Parents Help Close the Math Achievement Gap?

Elizabeth Green’s article in <i>The New York Times Magazine</i>, “Why do Americans Stink at Math?” and her new book, <i>Building a Better Teacher</i>, have triggered …

Black Men Need More Education Than White Men to Get Jobs

A new report shows yet another way African Americans face systematic disadvantage on the job market.<p>Meet Steve and Kwame, two fictional guys who just graduated from the University of Maryland. Almost everything about them is weirdly identical—they majored in the same subject, they got the same …

More Schools Open Their Doors to the Whole Community

States and Towns Deliver an Array of Government Services on Campus<p>WYOMING, Mich.—On a recent weekday here, a steady stream of people dropped by one central location for food stamps, family counseling and job ideas—their local school.<p>While instruction has ended for the summer, these classrooms …

Wyoming

One Approaching to Closing the Summer-Achievement Gap

Karim Abouelnaga, the founder of Practice Makes Perfect, talks about his organization's efforts to help kids retain knowledge during long summer vacations.<p><i>Updated 8/19/2014</i><p>For the past four summers, Karim Abouelnaga has been focused on one thing: stopping the loss of academic skills and knowledge …

Oakland: Hillary Clinton launches campaign that recommends reading aloud to children from birth

OAKLAND — Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton helped launch a campaign aimed at encouraging parents to read aloud to infants from birth at …

The many stubborn kinds of inequality that children face growing up in the U.S.

In the 25 years since the Annie E. Casey Foundation began producing an annual databook on the status of American children, their well-being has improved in some significant ways: Teen pregnancies are much less common today than they were in 1990, and a larger share of children are now covered by …

Obama announces $100-million expansion of minority youth project

President<p>Obamaon Monday announced more than $100 million in new commitments to his My Brother’s Keeper initiative, launched in February to increase opportunities for young minority men.<p>The funds will come from leading public and private-sector organizations, such as AT&T, the Emerson Collective, …

Education

If You Want A Good ACT Score, It Really, Really Helps To Be Rich

A new report out from the ACT outlines the numbers of students who reached college readiness benchmarks in 2013. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the report found that low-income students, on the whole, performed worse on the ACT than their wealthier peers last year. However, when the results are broken …

This Is How Behind Low-Income Children Can Be When They Enter Kindergarten

Certain life factors make a big difference for students as they start their first year of school.<p>A new analysis from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit group behind Sesame Street, looked at how four risk factors impacted the abilities of kindergarten students right as they entered school. The risk …